City of Asheville addresses homelessness on many fronts

Key Takeaways Homelessness is a community-wide issue that requires a community-wide response.  The City is responding daily while also working with partners on longer term solutions to address homelessness.  Community opinions differ on best approaches. City continues to address criminal behavior as well as increased monitoring and clean-up of parks and other public property. City has procedures it implements [...]

Asheville City offices to close for MLK Jr. Day, ART buses will run on a holiday schedule

Please note: Due to weather, Parks & Recreation has changed some of it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming, as listed below.   Asheville City government offices will be closed Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is a look at City services affected by this holiday. Trash and recycling Though [...]

Asheville Code Purple extended again through January 20

Update, 7:30 p.m. January 17 Asheville’s Code Purple has been extended through January 20 in response to the recent snowfall and cold temperatures.  Update, 10:30 a.m. January 17 Asheville’s Code Purple has been extended through January 18 in response to the recent snowfall and cold temperatures.    Update, 5:00 p.m. January 15 Asheville’s Code Purple has been extended through January 16 [...]

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell names Rachel Wood as Assistant City Manager

    After a national search, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that Rachel Wood will become Asheville’s next Assistant City Manager. Her first day on the job will be January 24.   Wood comes to the City of Asheville from Denton, Texas, where she has served in a number of roles, most recently as Deputy Director [...]

City of Asheville announces winter holiday closings and ART bus holiday schedule

  City of Asheville offices will be closed Dec. 23-24 and Dec. 27 in observance of the winter holiday break. City offices will be closed  Dec. 31 as well.    The following City services will be affected by the holiday closures.   ART bus service Asheville Rides Transit (ART) holiday schedule  will be as follows: Service will be closed after 6:30 p.m. [...]

A message to our community: Regarding the I-240 homeless camp

    There has been much discussion over the past few weeks about the tent encampment that has grown near the NCDOT property located on Haywood Street near I-240. As the camp has grown, so have the concerns over public safety and public health. We have received numerous complaints of open drug use, theft, and sexual assault at [...]

Asheville City Manager announces the hiring of two key director positions

  Interim Director of Equity and Inclusion Brenda Mills, and Interim Director of Community and Economic Development, Nikki Reid, have both been promoted to permanent director for their respective departments.   After a national search, Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell found the talent and the passion for public service she sought to fill two important director positions within [...]

City of Asheville offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday; Sanitation, bus service alter schedules

  City of Asheville offices will be closed Nov. 25-26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The following City services will be affected as well.   ART bus service ART service will not run on Thanksgiving Day. For more information, including routes and schedules, please visit the ART Transit station at 49 Coxe Ave., download the

City Manager Development Forum returns in remote format November 19 

  The City Manager’s Development Forum returns — in a remote format — from noon to 1 p.m. November 19. During the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction and development has continued in Asheville. While the Development Forum will be held virtually with no in-person components, it offers an opportunity to learn about trends [...]

City of Asheville offices to close for Veterans Day, ART buses and Sanitation collection to run on regular schedule

  In observance of Veterans Day, City of Asheville offices will be closed November 11. Here is a look at how City services will be affected.   Art bus service and Sanitation collection will not be affected and will run as usual.  Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville will operate on its regular schedule as well.   Parks & Recreation All City parks [...]

City of Asheville honors our service women and men with virtual ceremony this Veterans Day

  The City of Asheville will once again honor our local Veterans with a Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11. Due to health precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is invited to participate virtually.   The Veterans Day ceremony can be viewed online on the City of Asheville YouTube channel. The program will [...]

Asheville City Council hears next steps in Reparations process 

  During the October 12 City Council meeting, Debra Clark Jones, President of TEQuity, the selected project management firm, outlined next steps in the City of Asheville’s Reparations initiative. Information was shared during the City Manager’s Report to Council.     Debra Clark Jones During their September 14 meeting, City Council voted to authorize the City Manager to hire

Community investment meeting: American Rescue Plan Act RFP review and other local investment opportunities scheduled for Oct. 13

The City of Asheville will host a 2-part virtual meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 for organizations planning to respond to the City’s Request for ARPA proposals and community members interested in learning about additional funding opportunities available through the City of Asheville and Buncombe County.   The American Rescue Plan Act portion [...]

FEMA opens document drop-off center in Asheville for those affected by Tropical Storm Fred

Webpage also launched for assistance specific to Western North Carolina ncdps.gov/TSFred   ASHEVILLE – FEMA has opened two Document Drop-off Centers — one in Buncombe County and one in Transylvania County — for survivors of Tropical Storm Fred to submit any required supporting documents for their disaster assistance application. Survivors may also register [...]

City of Asheville requests proposals for projects to fund with COVID-19 recovery funds

    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a federal program to respond to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19, contain impacts on communities, residents, and businesses; and lay a foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. The City of Asheville has received $26.2 million as part of this program and [...]